West Virginia Supreme Court hears arguments in school voucher case

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A lawyer representing parents who sued the state of West Virginia argued in the state Supreme Court that a voucher program that would provide parents state money to pull their children out of K-12 public schools is blatantly unconstitutional.

Tamerlin Godley said the enactment of the Hope Scholarship Program would disproportionately impact poor children and those with disabilities.

Passed by the GOP-controlled state legislature last year, the program would have of the most far-reaching school choice programs in the country.

It was set to go into effect this school year, but was blocked by a lower court judge in July.